The Pittsburgh Penguins annual team awards ceremony took place at center ice prior to the Penguins’s game against Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. A description of each award follows:
Baz Bastien Memorial “Good Guy” Award – Ryan Whitney
Presented by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the player who the local media of the PHWA want to acknowledge for his cooperation throughout the year. The award is presented in memory of the late Aldege “Baz” Bastien, Penguins general manager from 1976-83. Sponsored by UPMC Sports Medicine.
NHL Masterton Nominee “Comeback Player” Award – Ty Conklin
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association votes for the Penguins’ Masterton nominee. Each NHL team selects a Masterton candidate from which the overall winner is chosen. The Masterton candidate is nominated as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Sponsored by Trib Total Media.
A.T. Caggiano Memorial Booster Club Cup – Evgeni Malkin
Presented in memory of A.T. Caggiano, long-time Penguins’ locker room attendant & Booster Club supporter, the award is presented by Penguins Booster Club members, who vote for the three stars after every home game and tally votes at the end of the regular season.
Edward J. DeBartolo “Community Service” Award – Georges Laraque
The award recognizes the player who has donated a tremendous amount of time and effort during the season working on community and charity projects. Sponsored by Verizon Wireless.
Rookie of the Year Award – Kris Letang
Presented in memory of former Penguins forward Michel Briere to the player who makes a substantial contribution during his rookie season. Sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Player’s Player Award – Ryan Malone
The players hold a vote at the end of the season for the player they feel exemplifies leadership for the team, both on and off the ice, a player dedicated to teamwork. Sponsored by the Local Pittsburgh Dodge Dealers.
Most Valuable Player Award – Evgeni Malkin
Based on the overall contribution the player makes to the team. Sponsored by The Bank of New York Mellon.